Questions and Motivations

by Matthew W. Bassford We often don’t realize it, but one of the main themes of the gospels is the interaction between Jesus and people who ask Him questions. If we considered Jesus’ replies to those questions in isolation, His replies would seem so divergent as to be irrational. In Matthew 13:16, He calls one…

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Does God want us to ask questions?

Question: Does God want us to ask questions? Answer: God invites people to ask good, honest questions. ” “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD” (Isaiah 1:18). Christianity is taught by reasoning with people, which implies answering people’s questions. “As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath…

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Is it wrong to question God?

Question: In Habakkuk 1:2-4, especially verse 3, Habakkuk questioned the wisdom of God. Is it wrong to do so? I believe the correct attitude toward God is to trust and obey; what do you think? Also in Genesis 18:23-32, Abraham plead to God not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. I think it is wrong for…

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Is it wrong to question your pastor about what is in the Bible?

Question: If your pastor is wrong about what’s in the Bible, is it wrong to question him about it or openly disagree with him? Answer: A part of the answer to this question must be how you approach the disagreement. “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on…

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